Thursday, May 31, 2012

VIDEO--Romney Taunts Obama At Solyndra Factory



Breitbart   Today, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a surprise appearance at Solyndra headquarters to talk about President Obama’s record of crony corporatism. The Obama Administration loaned over $500 million to Solyndra via an accelerated process; later, of course, Solyndra went bankrupt and had to fire 1,100 employees. Some of Solyndra’s biggest stakeholders were major Obama donorsGeorge Kaiser, an Oklahoma billionaire, raised between $50,000 and $100,000 in 2008; Steve Westly, an Obama bundler, was linked with Solyndra; so was Steve Spinner, another Obama fundraiser, who pushed the Administration to greenlight the loan, even while his wife’s law firm was legally representing the company.

The Obama Administration has a long record of picking winners and losers – in large measure, losers – in the market via its stimulus packages. As Newsweek reported back in November 2011, “$16.4 Billion Of The $20.5 Billion In Loans Granted
As Of Sept. 15 Went To Companies Either Run By Or Primarily Owned By Obama Financial Backers.” Obama bundlers have worked in his Department of Energy. Contracts were steered to close associates.
As a successful venture capitalist, Romney is well positioned to make the case that government has a poor record of specific company investments. As he stands in front of the Solyndra headquarters, that case becomes even stronger

VIDEO--Bloomberg Talks War On Sodas: 'We're Simply Forcing You To Understand'

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VIDEO--Top GSA official back on the job--SEEN in GSA Vegas 'Party' Films



Executive David Foley nicknamed the 'platinum big leaguer' returns to work for agency

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Federal Court Rules Centerpiece of Gay Marriage Law Unconstitutional


Foxnews    A federal appeals court ruled Thursday against a central provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, a groundbreaking decision that tees up a potential battle before the Supreme Court.
The three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled that the provision defining marriage as between a man and woman is unconstitutional in that it denies gay couples the rights granted to heterosexual couples.

It comes just a few weeks after President Obama announced his support for gay marriage -- in the wake of that announcement, some gay advocacy groups have stepped up pressure on Washington to fight DOMA.

Considering the potential Supreme Court battle ahead, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked Thursday whether the Obama administration would actively fight for overturning the law, which was originally signed by Democratic President Bill Clinton.
Carney noted that the Obama administration has concluded the section in question is unconstitutional and will no longer defend it in court. Without commenting on what steps the administration might take in the future, he described the Justice Department as an "active participant" in the case.

Gay marriage advocates hailed Thursday's decision, while its opponents condemned it.
"Society should protect and strengthen marriage, not undermine it. The federal Defense of Marriage Act provides that type of protection, and we trust the U.S. Supreme Court will reverse the 1st Circuit's erroneous decision," said a statement from Alliance Defense Fund Legal Counsel Dale Schowengerdt.
The court didn't rule on the law's more politically combustible provision, which said states without same-sex marriage cannot be forced to recognize gay unions performed in states where it's legal.
 It also wasn't asked to address whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.

The law was passed at a time when it appeared Hawaii would legalize gay marriage. Since then, many states have instituted their own bans on gay marriage, while eight states have approved it, led by Massachusetts in 2004.
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VIDEO--Live Action Undercover Bombshell: Planned Parenthood Aids Gender-Selective Abortion-Doesn't Want 'Girl' Baby



Live Action: Today, Live Action released a new undercover video showing a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Austin, TX encouraging a woman to obtain a late-term abortion because she was purportedly carrying a girl and wanted to have a boy.

The video is first in a new series titled “Gendercide: Sex-Selection in America,” exposing the practice of sex-selective abortion in the United States and how Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry facilitate the selective elimination of baby girls in the womb.
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Meet Dustin Boyer, the Mystery Man Who Defended San Francisco from Occupy Violence

Breitbart/Pollak     He stood up, single-handed and unarmed, against a violent Occupy Wall Street mob. He followed hundreds of masked Black Bloc thugs for six city blocks, yelling at them to stop smashing car windows and storefronts. He's a former Google employee with a day job in real estate who runs his own innovative taco delivery business. He's been hailed as a "hipster hero" by residents desperate for someone--anyone--to stand up to the madness after months of politically protected mayhem. Until now, he's been known merely as "the guy that loves his neighborhood." Meet Dustin Boyer, the guy who saved San Francisco.

On the eve of May 1--the infamous May Day Riot--the Black Bloc mob had paraded along Valencia Street through the heart of San Francisco's mission district, shouting slogans, ripping up street signs, throwing newspaper racks into the street--and even attacking police cars in a giddy frenzy of destruction.
As police cars scattered, the masked mob--a purported splinter group from the radical movement endorsed by President Barack Obama and San Francisco's own celebrated congressional representative, Nancy Pelosi--began shattering store windows, terrorizing convenience store cashiers and shocking restaurant patrons. A viral video of the orgy of violence [posted below] turned up on YouTube earlier this month.
Reviewing the footage, the PJ Tatler said it best on May 23:
"The video really speaks for itself. Send it to anyone and everyone you know who still expresses sympathy for Occupy Wall Street or who has ever accused the Tea Party of being out of the mainstream."
As the black-clad rioters assaulted everything in their path, with the San Francisco Police Department seemingly unable to respond, a man in a baseball hat and grey hoodie--Dustin Boyer--stepped onto the sidewalk and began trying to stop them. On the video, his voice is first heard just after the seven-minute mark: "Hey! Hey! Stop that!"
Dustin--completely unarmed--stood his ground against several Black Bloc members carrying black flags, crowbars and truncheons. "Hey! You don't even know them!" he scolded, standing in front of broken store windows as the rioters took aim at neighboring shops.
He followed the mob for several blocks. "You don't know who those cars belong to!" he shouted at the vandals as they tried to shatter windshields. "I'm a rational person engaging in dialogue," he explained to a masked thug who tried to block his way down the street--and who, embarrassed, eventually relented.
"You want to talk?" Dustin challenged a group of rioters that surrounded him.
"Shut the fuck up!" one shouted back. "What do you want to talk about?" asked another.
"Don't hit people's cars," he explained, as the marauding gang slowly shrank away, seemingly chastened.
Breitbart News tracked Dustin down through a mutual friend, and he told his story publicly for the first time.
So I was getting pizza with a friend of mine. And we saw that there was some commotion outside. And we walked out onto the street. There were about two hundred people marching down the street with black flags, banging and shouting through megaphones. It was unclear what they were angry about.
We looked over at my friend's car, which he had just bought, and this guy was attacking it with a road sign. And he stopped doing it, but I decided to follow him and just see if I could get a photo, or call the police and quietly trail him, and maybe have the police come and asrrest him. And because my friend is a dude of modest means, watching someone smash his car got me fed up.
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Artur Davis, former prominent Obama backer, leaves Democratic Party


LATimes   Artur Davis one of President Obama’s earliest supporters and a former co-chairman for his presidential campaign, announced Tuesday that he was leaving the Democratic Party for good.
In a post published Tuesday on his website, Davis was vague about his future political endeavors, but declared: “If I were to run, it would be as a Republican. And I am in the process of changing my voter registration from Alabama to Virginia, a development which likely does represent a closing of one chapter and perhaps the opening of another.”
Davis, who represented Alabama’s 7th Congressional District from 2003 to 2011, was notably the first member of Congress outside of Illinois to endorse then-Sen. Obama’s 2008 presidential bid. Renouncing the party “is no light decision on my part,” he wrote.
“Cutting ties with an Alabama Democratic Party that has weakened and lost faith with more and more Alabamians every year is one thing; leaving a national party that has been the home for my political values for two decades is quite another.” 
But “wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities,” he said.
“On the specifics, I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again,” he said.
“I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured: frankly, the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country.”
Given Davis’ previous stances on pivotal Obama policies, his departure from the party can’t be too much of a surprise. Davis was the sole member of the Congressional Black Caucus to vote against Obama’s healthcare reform legislation in 2010. He also ran a relatively conservative campaign for the governorship of Alabama in 2010, but failed to win a primary battle against then-Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, losing by a margin of 25 percentage points. After the loss, Davis declared he would no longer seek public office.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign has heralded Davis’ retreat from the Democratic Party as evidence of “mounting opposition among Democrats to President Obama’s campaign message and tactics,” in a release sent out Wednesday.

US filings for Unemployment Aid Up AGAIN--at a 5-week high

AP    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to a five-week high, evidence that the job market remains sluggish.
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 383,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased for the first time in a month to 374,500.

Applications had leveled off at about 370,000 for four weeks. That decline suggested that hiring could pick up in May. When applications drop below 375,000, it typically suggests that hiring is strong enough to reduce the unemployment rate.

Thursday's figures don't figure into the May employment report, to be released Friday. That report is based on figures gathered in the middle of the month. Analysts expect it will show that employers added 158,000 jobs, while the unemployment rate remained 8.1 percent.

The unemployment rate has fallen from 9.1 percent in August to 8.1 percent last month. Part of the reason for the drop is that employers added 1.5 million jobs during that time. But it has also declined because some people gave up looking for work. The government counts people as unemployed only if they're actively looking for a job.

Hiring soared this winter to an average of 252,000 jobs each month from December through February. But the pace slowed in March and April to an average of 135,000 jobs a month. That raised fears that the job market could be weakening.

Economists have cautioned that a warm winter led companies to move up some hiring and accelerate other activity that normally wouldn't occur until spring. That gave the appearance that the economy had strengthened in January and February and weakened in early spring.

Recent economic indicators, meanwhile, have been mixed.


Consumer confidence fell sharply in May to its lowest level since January, the Conference Board said Tuesday. Americans were more worried about jobs, housing and the stock market. Lower confidence could lead consumers to cut back on their spending.
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VIDEO--Rep. Joe Walsh Gets ‘Wound Up’ at Town Hall: Dems Want Hispanics ‘Dependent on Government’ Just Like African Americans


Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is known for his impassioned town hall speeches. So maybe it should come as no surprise that he let loose again during another gathering, raised his voice, and said Democrats want to make Hispanics “dependent on government” just like the party has done with African Americans.
After a constituent asked about a specific vote at a recent meeting, Walsh launched into an explanation about how his job is to limit government. Then he got excited.
“I get wound up,” Walsh shouted. “Boy, do I get wound up. I am scared, I really am scared, Patrick,” he said while raising his arms and addressing someone in the crowd, “that we’re past the point. We have so many people now dependent on government. So many people want handouts. The Democratic Party promises groups of people everything. They want the Hispanic vote, they want Hispanics to be dependent on government, just like they got African Americans dependent on government. That’s their game.”
“Jesse Jackson would be out of work if [African Americans] weren’t dependent on government,” he added.
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VIDEO--Protestors and Supporters of Rep. Allen West Clash at Town Hall


THE BLAZE   We’ve already reported to you how Rep. Allen West, when confronted with a transparent ‘gotcha’ question, pushed back hard on the questioner in a town hall today. But what you probably didn‘t know is that the story doesn’t end there .
The town hall in question quickly degenerated into a very tense situation, with security escorting several protesters out, shouting, and a few blows both from supporters of Congressman West, and from the protesters themselves.
Biz Pac Review has no less than three videos depicting various stages of the confrontation. First, there’s a video depicting protesters being thrown out, described by Biz Pac Review this way:
A half dozen officers from the Boca Raton police department were on hand to run interference between West supporters and those who West said were hired by “the San Francisco billionaire” from the Credo SuperPAC but the real scuffles (and yes, I mean plural ) began, as they often do, during the audience question period where a woman interrupted the Congressman to argue her point on gay marriage. When approached by West’s security, the anti- West crowd began to loudly complain about the security team’s tactics, calling them storm troopers and accusing them of “Gestapo-like” behavior.



As you’ll see from the video, “gestapo-like” might be a bit of a stretch. Moreover, as West himself explained, he wasn’t employing security in that manner out of fear for his own personal safety (a lieutenant colonel in the army doesn’t have a lot to fear from a disorganized mob), but just to prevent another Gabby Giffords situation from happening


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Obama Ad: Little Girls Need Government Condoms to Make 'Dreams' Come True


Breitbart/Shapiro  The Obama campaign has cut a new ad in which it suggests that little girls are being endangered by Republicans who want to do away with mandated contraception coverage. The ad, produced by Obama/Biden 2012, takes the usual Obama tack of addressing the ad from a common citizen to President Obama, like an open lettereven though the ad itself is an open love letter from Obama to Obama, apparently.

It begins with meaningful piano music, and a young mother explaining that she has two daughters, one six and one ten. The six-year-old wants to be a “doctor for dolphins”; the ten-year-old wants to be a fighter pilot. The intro to these two little girls takes nearly a minute.

Then, for no apparent reason, the mother launches into a diatribe about birth control, as the music rises:
It is upsetting to me that in 2012, the use of birth control has become controversial.
Birth control isn’t just for family planning. It’s preventative care and treatment, it’s medication that most women need and use at some point in their lives, and it is as common in a woman’s medicine cabinet as cough medicine … That’s just one reason I’m so passionate about getting you re-elected this year. We need a president who will stand up for women’s health … The dreams of all our daughters are at stake.

In what world is use of birth control controversial? What does condom mandating by the federal government have to do with whether this woman’s daughters become veterinarians? Nothing.
What does the health care mandate have to do with the woman’s daughter entering the Air Force? Nothing. And just because a woman has condoms in her cabinet doesn’t mean the government should provide them – after all, does the government provide that cough medication? Or the Q-Tips next to it? But there’s gushy music, so it must be true.
This is the most dishonest entry yet in the long ledger of “war on women” dishonesty from the Obama campaign.

Who do Canadians want to vote for? Barack Obama


Globe and Mail    Who is the most popular politician among Canadians?
That’s easy: Barack Obama.
Angus Reid is releasing a poll Thursday that shows Canadians overwhelmingly continue to support the American president. A copy of the poll was provided in advance to The Globe and Mail.
If they could, 65 per cent of Canadian voters would cast a ballot for Mr. Obama. A not-so-whopping 9 per cent would go with Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The rest were undecided.

“The feel-good thing about Obama is still there as he seeks a second term,” said Mario Canseco, vice-president of Angus Reid Public Opinion. “And obviously the contrast with Romney is so huge.”
Support for Mr. Obama is, if anything, even stronger this time out. A similar Angus Reid poll in 2008 had him at 57 per cent and challenger John McCain at 15 per cent. Mitt Romney, it would appear, is no John McCain.

Not surprisingly, large majorities of Liberal, NDP and Green voters are pro-Obama.
But even 51 per cent of Conservative supporters say he is doing a good or very good job as president; only 25 per cent of Tory supporters remain unimpressed. (The rest aren’t sure.) The online survey was conducted among 1, 010 randomly selected adults and is considered accurate within 3.1 percentage points.
There have been testy moments in recent months between the Harper government and the Obama administration over the Democrats’ refusal to grant a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would deliver oil from the Alberta oil sands to the American South. As well, the administration is playing hardball as Canada seeks permission to join in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks.
Despite this, 60 per cent of Canadians think the Obama administration has been good for the country, and only 13 per cent think it has been bad.
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Obama opens New Attack on Romney's Jobs Record


Wexaminer   As Mitt Romney's campaign pounds President Obama's stewardship over the economy, Obama is trying to flip the argument against his Republican opponent by slamming Romney's own job creation record as governor of Massachusetts.

The Obama campaign's new line of attack centers on a single statistic: Massachusetts ranked 47th in job growth when Romney was running the state between 2003 and 2007.
During that time, Massachusetts had a net gain of 39,700 nonfarm jobs, an increase of about 1.3 percent, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That was far below the national average of 5.3 percent growth at that time, according to the nonpartisan PolitiFact.com. Only Ohio, Michigan and Louisiana did worse than Massachusetts at the time.

The Romney campaign is not disputing the data.
Instead, it's highlighting a different set of facts: Massachusetts' overall unemployment rate during Romney's tenure actually dropped from 5.6 percent in January 2003 to 4.7 percent in January 2007.
"This is another desperate attack from President Obama because he has no positive record to run on," said Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul. "Mitt Romney created more jobs in the state of Massachusetts than President Obama has for the entire nation."

The U.S. was losing jobs at a staggering rate of 650,000 per month when Obama took office in January 2009.
Over the last six months, the country has been adding an average of 200,000 jobs a month, far more than the 39,700 jobs Massachusetts added under Romney, federal statistics show.

While the United States is no longer losing jobs, it is still a long way from recovering all of the jobs it has lost over the last 39 months. Employment in April stood at 133 million, down by 572,000 from January 2009, when Obama took office. And while the nation's unemployment has dropped slightly in recent months, it remains at 8.1 percent, up from 7.8 percent at the start of Obama's term.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

VIDEO--IL Rep. Mike Bost Is Furious Over Pension Reforms!!



IL State Representative Mike Bost has had it up to here with pension reforms.

State House of Representatives in Springfield, Illinois. Tuesday, May 29th 2012.

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United Fed Teachers Union boss Mulgrew Caught having Sex with guidance counselor, Scandal Quashed: Suit


NYPost      UFT President Mike Mulgrew was caught “in flagrante delicto” with a guidance counselor at William Grady HS, where he taught before becoming the union’s boss, a bombshell lawsuit charges.
The accusation that Mulgrew was seen having sex with a co-worker in a woodshop at the vocational school, and that it was hushed up, comes in a rambling 73-page suit filed in Brooklyn federal court last week by Andrew Ostrowsky, a math teacher at Frank Sinatra HS of the Arts in Manhattan.
Ostrowsky, 35, names Mayor Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Mulgrew and the UFT, claiming the teachers union conspired with school officials to quash the scandal. It accuses the city of using the favor to “extort” labor concessions.
 
The suit claims that a custodian found Mulgrew and Emma Camacho-Mendez together at the Brooklyn school, and that the custodian and principal were “sworn to secrecy and denial.”
It charges the pair were shielded by then-UFT President Randi Weingarten to avoid embarrassment to the union leadership.
“Mulgrew was embroiled in a meretricious scandal for which anyone else would have been fired, ending his career as an educator,” the suit claims.
Mulgrew’s spokesman, Dick Riley, gave a curt response: “This lawsuit is a catalog of absurd, false charges which we expect the court to dismiss.”
Camacho-Mendez, now a UFT official, said, “I have no comment on that. It’s the first I’ve heard of such an allegation. I have nothing to say to you.”

The lawyer who filed the suit, Joy Hochstadt, told The Post she is seeking evidence of the alleged tryst.“Everyone has only hearsay knowledge, but almost everyone in the school talked about it,” the suit says.Several former staffers at Grady HS have told The Post they believed Mulgrew and Camacho-Mendez, who is married, were romantically involved, and there were rumors of an encounter on a drafting table at the time.
The sex thing, it’s between them and nobody’s business,” one said.
The thing that upset me is the patronage job to Mendez — rewarding her with a high-paying job with my union dues.”
In 2005, soon after the alleged incident, Mulgrew became UFT vice president for career and technical high schools. Around the same time, Camacho-Mendez transferred to the HS of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Brooklyn, but got a part-time job in Mulgrew’s union office.
She was later given the full-time position of UFT liaison for special education. She gets two paychecks — $22,000 in UFT compensation on top of her $85,000 city salary, although she’s no longer a guidance counselor. In 2010, Mulgrew presented Camacho-Mendez with a UFT award.
The UFT pays Mulgrew $250,400 a year, plus benefits.
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Barack Obama has insulted 38 million Poles with his crass and ignorant 'Polish death camp' remark


Telegraph   President Obama has a long track record of insulting the Poles.
In 2010 he chose to play golf on the day of the funeral of the Polish President Lech Kaczynski, the Polish First Lady, and 94 senior officials who perished in the Smolensk air disaster.

Eight months earlier he humiliated Warsaw by pulling out of the agreement over Third Site missile defence installations in Poland and the Czech Republic. And last night Barack Obama caused huge offence in Poland by referring to a Nazi death camp in Poland as “a Polish death camp” while awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to a Polish resistance fighter. As ABC’s Jake Tapper reported:
Poles and Polish-Americans expressed outrage today at President Obama’s reference earlier to “a Polish death camp”as opposed to a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland.
“The White House will apologize for this outrageous error,” Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted. Sikorski said that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk “will make a statement in the morning. It’s a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence.”
The president had been trying to honor a famous Pole, awarding a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter who sneaked behind enemy lines to bear witness to the atrocities being committed against Jews. President Obama referred to him being smuggled “into the Warsaw ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself.”
The Obama administration has tried to downplay the incident. According to ABC:
National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement, “The President was referring to Nazi death camps operated in Poland. The President has demonstrated in word and deed his rock-solid commitment to our close alliance with Poland.”
Weasel words from the White House will do little however to calm Polish anger. After all, these were carefully scripted remarks by the president reading off a teleprompter.
Six millions Poles died at the hands of Nazi Germany during World War Two, including three million Polish Jews during the Holocaust. The president’s use of the term “Polish death camp” is hugely insulting to the Polish people, and will reinforce the growing image across Eastern and Central Europe of an American presidency that cares little for key US allies, especially against the backdrop of its controversial and weak-kneed “reset” policy towards Russia. For a US administration that likes to boast of “smart power,” this was an act of staggering historical ignorance as well as crass insensitivity.

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VIDEO-- Planned Parenthood Aids Gender-Selective Abortion



Live Action: Today, Live Action released a new undercover video showing a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Austin, TX encouraging a woman to obtain a late-term abortion because she was purportedly carrying a girl and wanted to have a boy. The video is first in a new series titled “Gendercide: Sex-Selection in America,” exposing the practice of sex-selective abortion in the United States and how Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry facilitate the selective elimination of baby girls in the womb.

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Examiner Editorial: Romney's faith should be No obstacle for Evangelicals



Wexaminer   Evangelical Christians cast a large and consistent share of America's vote. Despite the common wisdom among conservatives, white Evangelicals -- the group specifically measured by exit pollsters for the last two presidential elections -- actually turned out in slightly larger numbers in 2008 (26 percent of the electorate) than they did in 2004. In both years, they gave Republicans roughly three-quarters of their votes. So John McCain's loss to Barack Obama four years ago was not due to disaffected Evangelicals staying home on Election Day.

Democrats would lose every presidential election without a robust and lopsided African-American vote. But Republicans are even more dependent for their victories on white Evangelicals.

In that context, it has become a major question in 2012 whether Republican Mitt Romney has an "Evangelical problem." The suspicion among some quarters of the Evangelical community concerning Romney's Mormon religion is well-known. Pastor Robert Jeffress expressed this last fall with his comment that Mormonism is "a cult," and that Evangelical voters "ought to give preference to a Christian instead of someone who doesn't embrace historical Christianity."

In Republican primary contests, Evangelicals clearly felt more comfortable with Rick Santorum -- whose fellow Catholics opted for Romney instead. But now that Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee, it would be a shame to see anti-Mormon bigotry trump the affinity that fervent Protestants should have for Romney's religious values -- if not his doctrines -- as well as his positions on issues critical to America's future.

It is not bigotry for Evangelical voters to weigh carefully any flaws they perceive in Romney as a candidate.
But they will find in him important strengths and points of agreement that surely outweigh concerns about his religious practice, as well as the past practices and current theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
 Evangelicals inclined to vote only for politicians who share their religious doctrines should remember that Jimmy Carter was and remains a committed Southern Baptist.
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Are Obama's campaign aides fooling themselves?


Wexaminer/BARONE    "Axelrod is endeavoring not to panic." So reads a sentence in John Heilemann's exhaustive article on Barack Obama's campaign in this week's New York magazine.
Heilemann is a fine reporter and was co-author with Time's Mark Halperin of a best-selling book on the 2008 presidential campaign. While his sympathies are undoubtedly with Obama, he does a fine job of summarizing the arguments and tactics of both sides.
And he's capable of directing snark at both candidates. Samples:
Romney "seems to suffer a hybrid of affluenza and Tourette's." "A cynic might say that the liberation Obama feels is the freedom from, you know, actually governing."

Heilemann's article is well-sourced. It's based on interviews with David Axelrod, the former White House aide now back in Chicago, David Plouffe, the 2008 manager now in the White House, and Jim Messina, the current campaign manager.

The picture Heilemann draws is of campaign managers whose assumptions have been proved wrong and who seem to be fooling themselves about what will work in the campaign.
One assumption that has been proved wrong is that the Obama campaign would raise $1 billion and that, as in 2008, far more money would be spent for Democrats than Republicans.
Heilemann reports the campaign managers' alibis.
Obama has given donors "shabby treatment," he writes. This of a president who has attended more fundraisers than his four predecessors combined.
As for the Obama-authorized super-PAC being $90 million short of its $100 million goal, well, it was late getting started and some money givers don't like negative ads.

A more plausible explanation is that big Democratic donors don't trust the political judgment of super-PAC head Bill Burton -- who was passed over for promotion to White House press secretary -- the way big Republican donors trust Karl Rove.
Here's another: A lot of people like the way Obama has governed less than they liked the idea of Obama governing.
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Obama took 'Yes, we can' from Dolores Huerta


Wexaminer  President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dolores Huerta, a labor union founder whom he credited with coining the "yes, we can" that marked his 2008 campaign.
"Dolores was very gracious when I told her I had stolen her slogan, 'Si, se puede.' Yes, we can," Obama said during the Medal of Freedom ceremony today. "Knowing her, I'm pleased she let me off easy, because Dolores does not play," he joked.

Huerta, with Cesar Chavez, founded the United Farm Workers.
"Without any negotiating expertise, Dolores helped lead a boycott that forced growers to agree to some of the country's first farm worker contracts," Obama said during the ceremony today. "And ever since, she has fought to give more people a seat at the table."
Huerta is also an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), as Heritage Foundation's Lachlan Markay notes. DSA's website explains that its
"policies require the support of a majoritarian coalition of trade unionists, people of color, feminists, gays and lesbians and all other peoples committed to democratic change" in order to begin "transforming the power relations of global capitalism."
Obama's 2012 campaign slogan, "Forward," provoked stories about the history of this word as a socialist mantra, but the president has increased his efforts this year to dispel the idea that his policies amount to socialism.
"We should have a commitment to our seniors and to the disabled," Obama said in early April. "That’s not socialism."
He often invokes President Lincoln's government financing of railroads, for instance, and certain tax increases passed during President Reagan's administration to demonstrate the American heritage of his ideas.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

In '86 Exercise, Nuclear Device 'Destroyed' Downtown Indianapolis


MSN.com   We've seen them in the movies, but now we can read the real-life history of America's nuclear warriors, the Nuclear Emergency Search Team, known as NEST. The story of NEST, which would protect the U.S. in the case of an attempt at nuclear extortion or terrorism, is told in declassified documents published Tuesday.
The 69 documents, released under the federal Freedom of Information Act, were published by the National Security Archive, a respected research organization at George Washington University. (More about the National Security Archive.)

They tell the story of MIGHTY DERRINGER, a training exercise in 1986 in which NEST attempted to find a nuclear device smuggled into Indianapolis. In the training scenario, the device was detonated, destroying 20 blocks of downtown Indianapolis.

The archive said the documents "offer the first detailed public look at the inner workings of the
agencies, military units and other U.S. entities responsible for protecting the country from a terrorist nuclear attack."
And they reveal problems that can arise in coordinating the many organizations that would respond to such an attack: problems of bomb detection, interagency coordination, containment of contamination and general "confusion."
"While the MIGHTY DERRINGER exercise and resulting documents are over two decades old," the archive said, "the institutions participating in the exercise retain their roles today, and the issues confronting them in 1986 are similar to the ones that they would face in responding to a nuclear threat in 2012 (and beyond)."
You can read all 69 documents at this page from the National Security Archive.

VIDEO--Sen Rand Paul Threatens to CUT off all Pakistani Aid unless Doctor is released to US




Foxnews   A U.S. senator announced Tuesday he would introduce a bill stripping Pakistan of all foreign aid unless the doctor imprisoned for helping the CIA track Usama bin Laden is released.
The Obama administration, meanwhile, appeared unwilling to budge from its talking points on the issue, despite an impassioned plea for U.S. intervention from Dr. Shakil Afridi's family.
"The blame has been placed on my brother because of America," Shakil's brother, Jamil, told Fox News during an interview in Pakistan. "We should get justice and protection."
Jamil Afridi claimed his brother had been tortured by Pakistani authorities.

In Washington, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he would introduce a pair of bills next week to address Afridi's plight. One would strip Pakistan, which received $2.1 billion from the U.S. for the current fiscal year, of all foreign aid until Afridi's 33-year sentence is overturned and he's allowed to leave the country; the bill other would grant Afridi U.S. citizenship.
The measures would go beyond the vote by a Senate panel last week to strip Pakistan of $33 million in aid.
"Pakistan must understand that they are choosing the wrong side. They accuse Dr. Afridi of working against Pakistan, but he was simply helping the U.S. capture the head of Al Qaeda. Surely Pakistan is not linking their interests with those of an international terrorist organization," Paul said in a statement. "Foreign aid has been an abysmal failure precisely for this reason -- we give the aid to governments who then turn and work against our national interest. That must end."

Administration officials have made a similar case, saying repeatedly that Afridi was working against Al Qaeda, not the Pakistani government.
"We certainly believe and know that anyone who assisted the United States in the effort to bring Usama bin Laden to justice was working against Al Qaeda, but not Pakistan," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.
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FREE COLLEGE--The Internet is Your Chance to get a University level Education for Free,

Are you or anyone you know considering spending $100,000 or $200,000 or more for a college education?
Thanks to modern technology brought to you by the courtesy of unbridled capitalism and former Wall Street hedge fund analysts, you might not have to spend a penny, whether you are in Manhattan, or in a village in
sub-saharan Africa...
Education and learning should be a lifelong process and the Internet is your chance to get a university level education for free, regardless of where you are in life, according to this article, which recommends these three websites to get started:

1. Khan Academy


 
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VIDEO--Super-PAC blasts Obama's 'Public Equity' Career



The Hill The Republican super-PAC American Crossroads is trying to flip the script on the Obama campaign's repeated attacks on Mitt Romney's private-equity past.

American Crossroads, the outside spending group affiliated with Karl Rove, released a new Web video Tuesday blasting the president for his "failed investment strategies" with public funds, most notably the now-bankrupt solar company Solyndra.

"Obama's attacking private equity, but what's his record on public equity investing?" asks a narrator in the video.

The attack ad came on the same day that the Romney campaign revived GOP criticism of Obama's green-energy programs.
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Unions AND Conservatives Slam Mi Senate's Teachers bill


Detroitnews   The Michigan Senate passed legislation in October ensuring all but two of the 38 senators in the chamber could get lifetime retiree health insurance at age 55 with 90 percent of premiums paid by taxpayers.

Seven months later, some of those same state senators have drafted major changes to the retirement system for school employees that provide less lucrative health care benefits than what they wrote for themselves, 14 term-limited House members and 226 retired legislators.

A Senate bill proposes requiring school employees to wait five more years than legislators to draw retiree health insurance and pay twice as much in premiums as lawmakers grandfathered into the system, current retirees and up to 62 survivors.
The perceived inequity is drawing the ire from two unlikely allies — labor unions seeking to protect their members' benefits and free-market conservatives who advocate putting public employee fringe benefits more in line with private sector compensation.
"Now that the Legislature is enacting more rational retirement benefits for government employees, it's fair to point out what's good for the goose is good for the gander," said Jack McHugh, senior legislative analyst at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Midland-based free-market think tank.

To justify the retirement age difference, senators note their bill got rid of retiree health care for 98 current legislators with fewer than six years of service while they're considering letting existing school employees keep their benefit, but at an older age.
"If they have already gained and vested, I would say, we're not taking it away from them," said state Sen. Mark Jansen, R-Grand Rapids.
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VIDEO--DNC Chair: WI Elections 'Dry Run' For Obama



Breitbart “We have put our considerable grassroots resources behind him.
All of the Obama for America and state party resources, our grassroots network is fully engaged. And — well, I think what’s going to happen is that because of our on-the-ground operation, we have had an opportunity in this election, because especially given that Wisconsin is a battleground state, just like we did in the recall elections a year ago, to give this a test run.”

Catholic Bishops Ready for Civil Disobedience: ‘Disobeying Some Unjust Laws Justified’



 Breitbart   A new document published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops(USCCB) is preparing Catholics across the nation for the prospect of engaging in massive
civil disobedience in response to the HHS mandate OBAMACARE requiring Catholic-affiliated institutions to provide free contraception, sterilization procedures, and abortion-inducing drugs to employees.

The document, which has been prepared as a church bulletin insert, to be distributed in Catholic parishes throughout the country, suggests that the current campaign for religious liberty may be the largest example of civil disobedience since the Civil Rights Movement 50 years ago. The bishops refer to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. who boldly asserted, “I would agree with Saint Augustine that
‘An unjust law is no law at all.’”
“The civil rights movement,” the document states, “was an essentially religious movement, a call to awaken consciences.” The bishops go on to say:
Some unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may be justified. Every effort must be made to repeal them. When fundamental human goods, such as the right of conscience, are at stake, we may need to witness to the truth by resisting the law and incurring its penalties.
This document follows a dozen organized lawsuits, featuring 43 plaintiffs, in federal courts across the country, claiming that the Obama administration is violating the religious freedom of Catholics and others through the HHS mandate OBAMACARE.
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States, Federal Government Reduce Length of Jobless Benefits


Yahoo.com    Hundreds of thousands of jobless Americans are losing their federal unemployment benefits earlier than they expected due to new rules passed in February that make it harder for states to qualify for extended jobless aid, the New York Times reports.
At the height of the recession, Congress passed a law to boost unemployment assistance to up to 99 weeks: The unemployed would receive federal money instead of state funds if they continued to be jobless past the traditional period of six months. In February, Congress extended this law, but added rules that would draw down the number of weeks the government would pay for, based on whether a state's jobless rate had decreased and other factors. Now, only three states still offer 99 weeks of assistance, and all three will stop doing so in September.

[Related: Florida the stingiest state for jobless benefits]

More than 5 million Americans have been out of work for more than six months, down from a high of more than 6 million two years ago. Supporters of extending benefits say they stimulate the economy and provide a crucial safety net for vulnerable workers, but those opposed say they discourage people from finding work.

Meanwhile, some states, independently of the federal government, have made it more difficult for people to receive jobless benefits.
The National Employment Law Project (NELP), a nonprofit that advocates for more support for unemployed people, filed suit against Florida, saying it wrongfully denied people jobless benefits. The group says only 15 percent of eligible people are receiving unemployment assistance in the state, the lowest rate in the nation. This is due in part to a new law passed last year that requires unemployed people to take an online "skills test" before qualifying to receive the roughly $275 per week in benefits, the Miami Herald reported. The state's unemployment rate has fallen to 8.7 percent from 10.6 percent a year ago.
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Related: 4 degrees with 0% unemployment]

On the state level, unemployment insurance is paid for by a tax on employers, and only people who were let go through no fault of their own are eligible to receive the funds.

Best Parts of the New York Times Expose on Obama‘s ’Kill List’


The Blaze    Gay marriage isn’t the only thing the president has “evolved” on. According to an extensive, eight-page expose from the New York Times, Barack Obama has changed his position on killing enemies abroad: the Times goes behind Obama’s expanding “kill list” and how it’s created.
Here are some of the key parts from the lengthy piece (all emphasis added):
[...] Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret “nominations” process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical. He had vowed to align the fight against Al Qaeda with American values; the chart, introducing people whose deaths he might soon be asked to order, underscored just what a moral and legal conundrum this could be.
Mr. Obama is the liberal law professor who campaigned against the Iraq war and torture, and then insisted on approving every new name on an expanding “kill list,” poring over terrorist suspects’ biographies on what one official calls the macabre “baseball cards” of an unconventional war. When a rare opportunity for a drone strike at a top terrorist arises — but his family is with him — it is the president who has reserved to himself the final moral calculation.
“He is determined that he will make these decisions about how far and wide these operations will go,” said Thomas E. Donilon, his national security adviser. “ 
His view is that he’s responsible for the position of the United States in the world.” He added, “He’s determined to keep the tether pretty short.”
Nothing else in Mr. Obama’s first term has baffled liberal supporters and confounded conservative critics alike as his aggressive counterterrorism record. His actions have often remained inscrutable, obscured by awkward secrecy rules, polarized political commentary and the president’s own deep reserve.
Later, the Times expands on the nomination process where national security officials sit around and decide who they should recommend to Obama as the next to die:
It is the strangest of bureaucratic rituals: Every week or so, more than 100 members of the government’s sprawling national security apparatus gather, by secure video teleconference, to pore over terrorist suspects’ biographies and recommend to the president who should be the next to die.
This secret “nominations” process is an invention of the Obama administration, a grim debating society that vets the PowerPoint slides bearing the names, aliases and life stories of suspected members of Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen or its allies in Somalia’s Shabab militia
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Clinton Labor Sec REICH Tells GRADS: 'You're Screwed'

Breitbart  Former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has an unsettling message for 2012 college graduates: "You're screwed."

The blistering verdict came as part Mr. Reich's Sunday column addressed to
"Members of the Class of 2012" wherein the former Labor secretary decries the current state of jobs and opportunities for recent college graduates entering the Obama economy:
As a former secretary of labor and current professor, I feel I owe it to you to tell you the truth about the pieces of parchment you're picking up today.

You're screwed!

Well, not exactly. But you won't have it easy.

First, you're going to have a hell of a hard time finding a job. The job market you're heading into is still bad. Fewer than half of the graduates from last year's class have as yet found full-time jobs. Most are still looking.

That's been the pattern over the last three graduating classes: It's been taking graduates more than a year to land the first job. And those who still haven't found a job will be competing with you, making your job search even harder.

Contrast this with the class of 2008, whose members were lucky enough to get out of here and into the job market before the Great Recession really hit. Almost three-quarters of them found jobs within the year.


Last year's young college graduates lucky enough to land jobs had an average hourly wage of only $16.81, according to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute. That's about $35,000 a year - lower than the yearly earnings of young college graduates in 2007, before the Great Recession. The typical wage of young college graduates dropped 4.6 percent between 2007 and 2011, adjusted for inflation
Reich also highlighted the nation's massive student loan debt:
For many of you, your immediate problem is that pile of debt on your shoulders. In a few moments, when you march out of here, those of you who have taken out college loans will owe more than $25,000 on average. Last year, 10 percent of college grads with loans owed more than $54,000. Your parents have also taken out loans to help you. Loans to parents for the college educations of their children have soared 75 percent since the academic year 2005-06.

Outstanding student debt now totals over $1 trillion. That's more than the nation's total credit card debt.
In 2008, Barack Obama carried 18-29 year-olds by more than 2-1 over John McCain.

Romney promises World's Strongest Military


Yahoo   Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney promised Monday to maintain
an American military "with no comparable power anywhere in the world."
The likely Republican presidential nominee faced a San Diego crowd estimated at 5,000 in what was billed as a Memorial Day service paying tribute to the nation's war dead, not a campaign rally. The appearance came the day before Romney was expected to win enough delegates to claim his party's nomination, a formality that cements his status as President Barack Obama's general election opponent.

Without naming his general election rival on Monday, Romney drew clear contrasts with Obama on the issue of defense.
The Democratic president has proposed reducing the size of the military following the end of the U.S. combat role in Iraq and plans to remove troops from Afghanistan at the end of 2014.
"We have two courses we can follow: One is to follow in the pathway of Europe, to shrink our military smaller and smaller to pay for our social needs," Romney said outside the city's Veterans Memorial Center and Museum. "The other is to commit to preserve America as the strongest military in the world, second to none, with no comparable power anywhere in the world."
The White House and congressional Republicans have agreed to cut $487 billion in military spending over the next decade. Even with Obama's proposed cuts in the military budget, the U.S. would remain by far the world's dominant military power. The Pentagon's budget this year exceeds $600 billion. Closest rival China said this year its defense budget will top $100 billion for the first time, although the U.S. claims China spends twice as much.
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VIDEO--Obama Politicizes Memorial Day: No More Wars Unless 'Absolutely Necessary'



"For the first time in nine years, Americans are not fighting and dying in Iraq. We are winding down the war in Afghanistan and our troops will continue to come home. After a decade under the dark cloud of war, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon."

Reuters: "As commander in chief, I can tell you that sending our troops into harm's way is the most wrenching decision that I have to make," Obama said shortly after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

"I can promise you I will never do so unless it is absolutely necessary and that when we do, we must give our troops a clear mission and the full support of a grateful nation."

Read Obama Pledges No More Wars Unless "Absolutely Necessary" at the Chicago Tribune

Two books, TWO Standards, for Obama, Bush--Wright Payoff

 
WExaminer   Not all campaign books are treated equally. Just look at Edward Klein and J.H. Hatfield.
Klein, of course, is the author of the new book "The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House." Hatfield, now dead and forgotten, wrote a book about George W. Bush, "Fortunate Son," during the 2000 presidential contest.
Klein's book, which debuted in early May, has been mostly ignored by large media organizations (although not by the book-buying public, which has put it at the top of next week's best-seller list). Hatfield's book, on the other hand, rocked a presidential campaign -- before crashing and burning on its own dishonesty and its author's criminal record.
"Fortunate Son" attracted attention because it reported that Bush, then the leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination, had been arrested for possessing cocaine when he was 26 years old. Hatfield wrote that Bush's father, the future President George H.W. Bush, used his influence to cover up the incident.
"George W. was arrested for possession of cocaine in 1972 but due to his father's connections, the entire record was expunged by a state judge whom the elder Bush helped get elected," Hatfield quoted a "confidential source" as saying.
George W. Bush denied the story, as did George H.W. Bush.
Still, even though nobody had ever heard of Hatfield, for some reporters the revelation seemed final proof of a rumor that media types had been kicking around -- and sometimes publishing -- since the beginning of Bush's campaign. The New York Times, which had looked for evidence of cocaine before, looked again.
"Reporters for The New York Times, which received an advance copy of Mr. Hatfield's book last week, spent several days looking for evidence that might corroborate his account," wrote Times reporter Frank Bruni, now a liberal columnist for the paper, on October 22, 1999. "But they did not find any, and the newspaper did not publish anything about the claim."
Lots of other news organizations did. When both Bushes denied the story, the Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Post, Los Angeles Times, and many others reported Hatfield's revelation.

VIDEO--DNC chair: Rubio Doesn't BELONG on National Ticket



Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., indicated that she knows "a lot of reasons" why Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., should not serve as Mitt Romney's running mate this year.
"Marco Rubio is a nice guy, but not someone who, I think, belongs on a national ticket -- for a lot of reasons," Wasserman Schultz said yesterday on Newsmakers. As for whether he could help Romney win Florida, she said that "in the polling that I've seen recently [Rubio] doesn't really make much difference; in fact in some cases [he] actually hurts Mitt Romney, or does very little."

Wasserman Schultz isn't the first Democrat to suggest that a Republican is disqualified from serving at the national level. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., predicted that Newt Gingrich would never be president -- and not necessarily because of Republican primary voters.

"He's not going to be President of the United States," Pelosi said of Gingrich. "There is something I know. The Republicans, if they choose to nominate him that's their prerogative. I don't even think that's going to happen."

Wasserman Schultz suggested that Romney would lose Florida, largely because he supports the Paul Ryan budget, "which would end Medicare as we know it and shred that safety net, and leave seniors with no floor and potentially where they could fall right through it into an abyss."